"Welcome to the Upton Museum & Historical Society"
- Announcement -
"Upton History Fall Programs"
The museum has now reopened to vaccinated visitors. It has
been a long 14 months since we were last open to the public and we are
looking forward to having visitors. If you have not been vaccinated and
are not showing symptoms we will arrange visits by appointment for one or
two people at a time and masks will be required.
Welcome to the Upton Museum and Historical Society web site. Our goal is to provide you with
beneficial information about the history of Upton and the resources available to anyone with
an interested. The museum is operated and staffed by volunteers from the Upton Historical
Society. The Museum is open to the public and Society staff are always willing to answer
questions and assist with your research. We strive to foster and encourage the interest of
residents, their families and the general public in the accumulation of all historic data
as it relates to Upton.
A brief history of Upton – Families were settling in this area in the 1600’s and early 1700’s which at that time consisted of portions of Mendon, Uxbridge, Sutton and Hopkinton. In each case it was a long distance for the settlers to travel to their respective town centers to attend church each week as was expected. By the early 1700’s there were enough settlers in this area to begin consideration of establishing a new township. The Great and General Court in Boston had to be petitioned and each of the four towns had to approve. At the 1733/34 session the Great and General Court ordered the new township to be surveyed. Followed by an inspection by a committee appointed by the Court during which adjustments were made which resulting in 12,943 acres to be set off for the township. Finally on June 13th 1735 the town charter was approved by the General Court and on June 14th approved by the Governor.
There are two books available in our store which provide a more complete history of Upton: Upton’s Heritage by Donald Blake Johnson and Upton Massachusetts, 1735 – 1935 by a committee for the bi-centennial.
version 7.0, 6/23/2021